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Donate to Arts Access Aotearoa

You can help Arts Access Aotearoa increase access to the arts for everyone in New Zealand.

Creative artistic expression is central to our human need for identity and connection to others. By donating to Arts Access Aotearoa you support artists and arts organisations in the community and professional arts sectors; people with physical, sensory or intellectual impairments; and people with lived experience of mental illness. Arts Access Aotearoa also advocates for the arts to be used as a tool for rehabilitation in prisons. 
With your help, all people in New Zealand, now and in the future can be included in the arts as artists or audience members.

Give a monthly donation as a Friend of Arts Access Aotearoa

As a friend you can make a monthly donation and be kept up to date with events and activities throughout the year.

Your regular donation will support us to make a difference as we support and train arts organisations, festivals, museums, venues and producers across New Zealand to improve their access for disabled artists and audiences.

Join Friends of Arts Access Aotearoa by contacting Dawa Devereux (E: T: 04 802 4349)

Make a donation now 

Help us ensure all people can participate in the arts either as creators or audience members. Every dollar you donate will benefit artists, people and communities through out New Zealand.

1. Arts For All: increasing access to arts and cultural events for everyone.

“Saskia, who has low vision, loved the audio described performance of Still Life with Chickens. The skills involved in providing this accessible show resulted in Saskia asking when she can go to the next play. She came home and started making chickens out of pipe cleaners. Thanks, Circa Theatre! If you ever need animals made from pipe cleaners for props, you know who to call,” wrote Saskia’s mother after the performance.

2. Creative spaces: building the sustainability of community-based creative spaces throughout New Zealand

Kezia Bennett, a wheelchair user and founding member of WIDance in Wellington, says: “In WIDance, it doesn’t matter if you have a disability. The focus is on what you can do, not what you can’t – we often get reminded to adapt other people’s dance moves to fit our own bodies, challenge ourselves, and push our limits/stretch our comfort zone.”

3. Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards: celebrating individuals, groups and organisations that provide access to the arts.

“Sometimes art’s the only way you can express yourself and it helps you think about your life; think about things that you could do differently. See differently. And present yourself in different ways to people,” says one of the students involved in the Humans of Hendo project, presented the Arts Access Community Partnership Award 2018.

4. Arts in Corrections: using the arts as a tool supporting the rehabilitation and re-integration of prisoners.

“Thank you for showing me how to learn again. Your belief changed my life.'' A prisoner at the Otago Corrections Facility thanked Corrections staff for their support when he won a creative writing competition, set up by the Otago Daily Times, and a selection of books donated by the University Bookshop.

How to make a donation

If you have a credit card, you can make an easy and tax-deductible online donation to Arts Access Aotearoa through our Online Donation Form or our Givealittle page.

If don't have a credit card, you can still make a tax deductible donation to our work by making a direct credit to our bank account 03-0502-0040862-00 or by ending a cheque to PO Box 9828, Wellington. Please include "donation" as a reference and provide your contact details to Dawa Devereux (E: T: 04 802 4349) so she can issue you with a receipt.

Arts Access Aotearoa is a registered charitable trust (C33533) and you can claim a tax credit on any donation of $5 or more. 

Sponsorship and corporate support

By sponsoring Arts Access Aotearoa, your business can be strategically aligned with a national arts charity that increases access to the arts for everyone in New Zealand. If you would like more information about how you can support Arts Access Aotearoa, please contact Richard Benge, Executive Director (T: 04 802 4349 or 021 217 1002 E:

Leave a gift in your will

Your bequest will help us a build a more inclusive society to ensure that future generations will experience art and creativity without barriers.

Other ways to support

Donations of materials to creative spaces 

Creative spaces often have limited resources and welcome donations of materials such as paint, paper, wool and cardboard. In fact, the possibilities are endless: most creative spaces are expert at recycling most things. If you would like to make a donation, please contact a creative space or Dawa Devereux (E: T: 04 802 4349)

Donations of materials to prisons

Arts Access Aotearoa has a contract with the Department of Corrections to support arts activities in prisons around New Zealand. This means we engage with Corrections staff, artists, volunteers and community groups and support them to deliver arts activities.

If you have high quality art books and art materials you would like to donate to prisons, please discuss with Chris Ulutupu, Arts in Corrections Advisor (E: T: 04 802 4349)

Thank you for your interest in making a donation to Arts Access Aotearoa. Everything we do is to ensure that everyone can experience the arts in New Zealand, whatever their circumstances. This can be life-affirming for people who face barriers to accessing the arts.



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